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The Madhatter

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  1. The Madhatter

    Zvezda Star Destroyer - a new detailing project

    I had no idea there even was a face plate available. I did buy the turbo lasers but not the tractor beam projectors - although I probably should've as they're a pretty important part that Zvezda missed for some reason. I just wasn't overly impressed by the quality of the 3D printing on the photos I saw - not enough to buy some. I think that's another item Falcon should make - I'd buy it. His quality is brilliant I must say. I'm glad to hear your not hung up with reproducing the studio model with a view to make it your own. Personally, I find it more enjoyable and less limiting doing it the free and easy way. I generally don't give out advice, but I've been asked so many times before, when you go to detail it, try to make it look functional - other wise it just looks like bits stuck on. Yeah.....the question of whether to fiber or not to fiber. That is the question all young Jedi set out to seek. Again, personally, I prefer fibers to bare LED's behind the walls. I get the whole moving light source aspect, but if done wrong, you can loose the effect - especially if its not reflective enough on the inside. You could build light boxes behind the walls with strip ELD's glued onto the back wall but you wouldn't be able to get the random orange lights without fibers. Look forward to seeing what you do with yours when it comes time. Thanks Brett 🙂 It'll be a few weeks now till another update as I am off to my Mother in Laws inevitable funeral on Tuesday before flying to NZ to spend what will likely be a not so festive Christmas break Rest assured, once I have finished the neck off I will be posting some pics. I am in the midst of painting the neck walls and finishing off the detailing to the front panels now. The roof of the bridge is current;y drying and should be able to be released from it's clamps tomorrow Thanks for showing an interest guys. I hope you all have a safe and sound Christmas break! Till next time Si
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    Zvezda Star Destroyer - a new detailing project

    I did a lighting test tonight of the bridge and I am happy with how it turned out. I made a number of mistakes on the internals and had numerous electrical issues but I got there in the end. I've also been cutting away at the body to accommodate the fibers. I've actually finished the whole top but just haven't taken any pics yet because it's not daylight Anyway, I just wanted to share the results of the lighting. I'm really happy with how it came out. Till next time Si
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    Zvezda Star Destroyer - a new detailing project

    Nice one - hope you'll do a thread on it? As for AM stuff, I'd go the Falcon garbage chute and the Green strawberry hangar bay as its better for lighting than the Falcon set. The only issue I have with the PE set is that it looks and feels too much like PE, which is why I did a combination of both. What parts you add will be determined by your budget. I probably spent more than I needed to TBH
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    Zvezda Star Destroyer - a new detailing project

    Thanks Ray No mate, no washed or dry brushing as yet. Its just the high contrast of the pictures that makes it look like that.
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    Zvezda Star Destroyer - a new detailing project

    It's looking much more uniform now that the bridge has some paint on it. Started on the neck section The garbage chute is installed and has some red fibers on the inside Adding some details to the big antenna thing using some scrap PE bits Close up shows there's some clean up to do, but that won't be hard Anyway, thanks for looking Si
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    Zvezda Star Destroyer - a new detailing project

    No worries Chris - thanks for the kind post. Happy to answer any questions you may have later when you get to do yours
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    Zvezda Star Destroyer - a new detailing project

    Thanks Mikkod. There's no plan as such, it is pretty random, but I try to make them look functional as opposed to just being stuck on.
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    Zvezda Star Destroyer - a new detailing project

    hi guys It's been a while since I last updated this thread, so time to do so. I have finished detailing the bridge and am about ready to start adding the fiber optic threads and then get it all sealed up. The main hangar bay has also been started. I have used a mix of Green Strawberry PE and Falcon resin parts as well as some strip styrene here and there, with more to go in due course. The front hangar bay is the GS PE set and looks good. It's all lit, painted and ready to install So, less talking and more pics I say Starting with the hangar bays: I will try to meld the TIE fighter bay to the Falcon hangar section but it may not work do well. If not, I will need to scratch build it. I had a heck of a time mounting the SMD's as the wires kept coming off. They are not the best quality SMD's I think Lastly, the bridge detailing is all but done. I won't be adding anything further to it. Once the paint goes on, it'll look much better and not so busy Well, that's all the pics I have for now. I am about to start on the neck area and garbage chute etc. I won't add too much detail here....well, maybe a little but not too much Feel free to comment, critique or suggest Thanks for stopping in and looking Till next time Si
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    Atlas C1 ZM406 70 Squadron RAF

    oh yeah - that's awesome mate!! Love the lighting too - it's great to see you took that leap and actually did it 🙂 BTW - I think that's meant to be Nano - not nana - but maybe it is meant to be nana and they're really old LED'S 😄 they only come on once they've had a cuppa and a nap Those 2 aircraft of yours really dominate that table don't they? Are you going to bring them to Melb next year? I'd love to see them in the plastic Thanks for posting these Ray
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    RAF Sentry AEW.1 8/23(R) Squadron

    That looks fantastic Ray! Great work on this. I also like your A400 in the back ground on that last shot. You have a link to that build by any chance? Si
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    B-2 Spirit / 1/72

    yeah that's just awesome paint work there. Very nicely done
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    1/24 Tamiya Calibra DTM

    I live in hope for the that, but chances are pretty slim. Will just have to keep scouring the internet for one that i don't need to take a second mortgage out for
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    1/24 Tamiya Calibra DTM

    Thanks Co :)
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    1/24 Tamiya Calibra DTM

    At least you could find one. I haven't been able to. The only one I found was going for 80 euros plus another 30 for shipping which makes it nearly 150 au. Way more than what I'm willing to pay. The DTM series is awesome! Tamiya made some great kits. I wouldn't mind the Astra either.
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    1/24 Tamiya Calibra DTM

    hi guys Here's another side project I have just finished - Tamiya's Opal Calibra DTM. Heavily inspired by the Zakspeed version (as well as Need For Speed cars), I went for a matte black colour. I'm not normally a "Matte Black car" kinda guy, but I do think it looks the part on this machine. I build this once before when I was in my very early twenties in red after seeing one like it in London but I had all the skills of a novice and it looked terrible I modified the rear diffuser and and paddle shifters - stolen from a Aventador PE Set - to the wheel (no manual box for me) I'm pretty happy with how this turned out. Anyway, enough talking, time for pics: I would LOVE to get the Revell BMW M3 DTM kit to do the same but it's rarer than rocking horse pooh. Maybe one day I'll find one or they'll re-release it (hopeful but unlikely) Well, that's all I have. Back to the Star Destroyer this weekend and I'll try to finish the bridge section Thanks for looking Si
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